Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Kor Geomag Tazoo Paco review

We have been given the opportunity by Kids Blog Club to review the Kor Geomag ~ Tazoo Paco. It is a construction toy for children aged 5+ which really fires a child's imagination and boosts problem-solving and logic skills.


Geomag has been around for a while, but the Kor Geomag are brand new to the UK. Each have a large metal ball at their core and are held together magnetically, which allows for all kinds of different shapes and movements when you start to attach the 2 outer layers and assorted extra features. Although the set includes some small parts, ALL metal and magnetic parts are set into large shapes that a child cannot swallow.


The set has 26 magnetic building blocks that connect to the inner metal core, and then a whole host of extra parts that fasten onto the building blocks - 71 pieces in total. A nice clear instruction book is included to get you started and it really is incredibly simple to get the hang of how it works.


 You start by surrounding the core with the building blocks to make your ball shape. 



 And then attach your outer shapes however you choose


Because everything is held together by magnets you can twist and turn it and move it around without losing your creation. It's worth remembering though that it IS all held together by magnets, and it will come apart if you're too rough with it - however it's very quick to rebuild!


Here's my 5 year old's first creation - a sea creature using everything in our basic set. In the picture below I had turned the entire bottom section 90 degrees.


Paco can be made into a frog, owl, lizard, beetle, dinosaur or sea creature or whatever you wish. The limit really is your child's imagination and they can create and adapt their creatures without limit. As they play they develop better skills - including stronger fingers and how to handle their creation gently.


This toy is brilliant for expanding the imagination and encouraging children to go with the flow. It is excellent for independent play and my son wasn't frustrated by it, even when he presses too hard and accidentally dislodges half his creature. He instantly saw different ways to build and use the set, and they were easy for him to achieve, and as he gets older I can see that he'll make more complicated creatures and rather than focus mainly on entirely alien beings he'll be led to try and make different actual animals.



Kor Geomag are available in 2 ranges called Tazoo and Proteon and all sets are compatible and can be swapped around and used together. There are 2 different Tazoo Kor Geomags ~ Paco and Beto (land living green and sea living blue) and we were sent Paco. There are 5 different Proteon Kor Geomags which are a tougher range ready for battle and featuring more scope for weapons etc. All of the Proteon Kor Geomags have a distinctive 'environment' theme such as volcanic or swamp.

Kor Geomags start at around £25 and are available at independent toy stores, Harrods, Fenwicks and online at Amazon. If you want to keep up with Geomag you can do so on their Facebook page or their Website.

14 comments:

  1. Love this, looks like fun with so many options and different to other toys out there.

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    1. It is great - it's a real tactile toy :)

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  2. his creations are very good! we love this toy too

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    1. I made the cute one! My partner made the Platypus :D

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  3. my boy has enjoyed playing with his but with very different results! I think its a very interesting new toy and think it will be very popular next Christmas

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    1. I think it's great that you really can make a huge variety of thins with it - the scope is amazing :)

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  4. We have this too - I think my son is going to love it!

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    1. They're really good - there's so much you can do with them!

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  6. This looks really great and superb that the magnets are safe from swallowing, especially with younger children around.

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    1. Definitely! Although my boy no.4 is nearly 4, he's still a swine for putting things in his mouth sometimes, so I couldn't let it stay where they can reach it if it wasn't safe :)

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  7. Admittedly - they do look awesome!!

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    1. At least as much fun for an adult to play with. It has a bizarre similarity to a Rubix cube and you ca'nt put it down :D

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